We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Budget PCs Reviews
15,611 Reviews

Zoostorm 2-3305 Versatile PC

£449 inc VAT

Manufacturer: PCNextDay

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The run-up to its launch saw all sorts of protests about the price of Windows Vista. But with Vista Home Premium costing £200 in the UK, why not pay an extra £300 and get a PC thrown in?

This review appears in the April 07 issue of PC Advisor, available now in all good newsagents.

The run-up to its launch saw all sorts of protests about the price of Windows Vista. But with Vista Home Premium costing £200 in the UK, why not pay an extra £300 and get a PC thrown in? That's the premise behind the 2-3305 Versatile PC, a system that shows you don't need to have the most sophisticated technology in town to sign up to the visual extravaganza of Vista.

Sure, you won't be able to enjoy super smooth video and sizzling graphics, but even with XP, you'd need a significantly more expensive PC to indulge yourself properly. The fact is, Vista Home Premium's bells and whistles (including Aero) work pretty much flawlessly on this relatively modest PC.

Of course, it's not all plain sailing. Some PCs at this price point come with a shining new chip from Intel's Core 2 Duo range. The Zoostorm's 2.8GHz Pentium D processor does actually have dualcore support – so you should be able to take some advantage of the promised flood of multithreaded multicore Vista applications – but it's far from being the fastest of chips. The WorldBench score of 89 is adequate given the price, but there are bigger performers available for under £500. 1GB of DDR RAM is the bare minimum for the memory. Luckily, the 2-3305 has obliged here.

We're glad Zoostorm didn't take the easy route and kit out this PC with an inferior integrated graphics controller. The 256MB 7600 GS is a decent performer for the money, and comfortably within Microsoft's stated minimums for Vista Premium. The AOC LM765 is a merely competent flat-panel – although you could certainly do worse – and the onboard sound and Logitech speakers are fairly uninspiring.

Zoostorm 2-3305 Versatile PC Expert Verdict »

There are currently no technical specifications recorded for this product.

  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 6 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

At £500, this was never going to be a stunner, but it's more than good enough to run Vista Home Premium at a decent lick. None of the hardware is fantastic, but neither is any of it atrocious. This is a solid PC for those on a budget.

There are currently no price comparisons for this product.
  • Zoostorm 2-3305 Versatile PC budget PC

    Zoostorm 2-3305 Versatile PC budget PC

    Ringing the tills at just £449, the Zoostorm 2-3305 Versatile PC budget PC offers an even more appetising price tag than many of its budget-friendly rivals.

  • Sub-£500 PCs chart: Zoostorm 2-3305 Versatile PC

    Sub-£500 PCs chart: Zoostorm 2-3305 Versatile PC

    The Zoostorm 2-3305 impressed us when it first appeared, because it was the first machine that proved you could run Vista without spending lavishly on a PC. Subsequent releases have demonstrated more elegant solutions to the problem of Vista on a budget, but this is still a respectable machine for the money.

  • Sub-£500 PCs chart: Mesh Elite Value PCA

    Sub-£500 PCs chart: Mesh Elite Value PCA

    Big names such as Mesh don’t produce many PCs in the sub-£500 range, so the Elite Value PCA comes as a pleasant surprise.

  • Sub-£500 PCs chart: Arbico CD6420XL

    Sub-£500 PCs chart: Arbico CD6420XL

    Sub-£500 PCs tend not to be blessed with extraordinary speed, but the Arbico CD6420XL has nothing to be ashamed of.

  • Sub-£500 PCs chart: Arbico CD9600XL

    Sub-£500 PCs chart: Arbico CD9600XL

    This time last year, AMD's Athlon processors lay at the heart of almost every PC we championed, yet Intel has now achieved total dominance. Well, almost total. For the Arbico CD9600XL is waving a somewhat tattered flag bearing the name of AMD's 2.5GHz Athlon 64 X2 4800+ chip. Does this mark an upturn in AMD's fortunes? Probably not.


IDG UK Sites

45 Best Android games: top Android games for your smartphone or tablet in 2014 (24 are free!)

IDG UK Sites

How Apple, Adobe, Microsoft and others have let us down over UltraHD and hiDPI screens

IDG UK Sites

Miranda July's Somebody app offers a very unusual take on messaging

IDG UK Sites

iPad Pro release date, rumours and leaked images - 12.9 screen 'coming in 2015'